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The quality of broadband services available in the UK lags behind the technology used in a number of other countries, new research has claimed.

According to figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit, the UK ranks 14th in the world in terms of both internet coverage and the quality of the infrastructure used, reports ISPreview.

While the full results of the report have not yet been published, the statistics suggested that broadband connectivity is no longer just an issue related to larger countries.

Sweden topped the rankings, while the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand also featured in the top ten.

The release of the study has come after the UK government confirmed it is to hold an event at which it will consider its broadband plans with industry experts.

Set to take place on July 15th, the event will allow providers and other firms to air their views on how universal broadband can be provided across the UK.

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